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The Threat of Nazi Germany

The Threat of Nazi Germany

Nov 19, 2012

On November 16, 1934 Winston Churchill delivered the following speech about the rising threat of Nazi Germany. Listen to the speech: The Threat of Nazi Germany Many people think that the best way to escape war is to dwell upon its horrors and to imprint them vividly upon the minds of the younger generation. They flaunt the grisly photographs before their eyes....

The Appeal of June 18 – Charles de Gaulle

The Appeal of June 18 – Charles de Gaulle

Oct 19, 2012

The following speech by General Charles de Gaulle, was an appeal to the French people to resist the German occupation. De Gaulle was the leader of the French Free Forces. He fled France for London on June 15, 1940 after Philippe Pétain, a World War I hero, signed an armistice with Nazi Germany. Winston Churchill gave de Gaulle permission to broadcast the speech...

Never Has So Much Been Owed to So Few

Never Has So Much Been Owed to So Few

Aug 20, 2012

On August 20, 1940, two months after his speech to the world about the impending German assault on Britain, Winston Churchill delivered his “Never was so much owed by so many to so few” speech to the House of Commons as the United Kingdom prepared for the expected German invasion. He used to speech to persuade his countrymen that notwithstanding a...

Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ Speech

Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ Speech

Jun 18, 2012

On June 17th 1940 the French requested an armistice after the fall of Paris three days earlier to Hitler’s armies. Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium had also been conquered. With a realization that the hopes of Europe, and perhaps the world depended on Great Britain, Winston Churchill delivered his ‘Finest Hour’ speech to the House of Commons...

Tide Turns in Battle of the Atlantic

Tide Turns in Battle of the Atlantic

May 9, 2012

A Prize to Turn the Tide On May 9, 1941, The U-110, a U-boat of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) was captured by the Royal Navy. The capture was one of the greatest prizes of World War II, since its contents would turn the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic. Capturing the U-110 Kapitänleutnant Fritz Julius Lemp was attacking a British convoy near Iceland. He had...